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Principal Percussionist F.
Anthony Ames joined the NSO in 1968. Other music activities include founding
the 20th Century Consort and the Romantic Chamber Ensemble, assisting
in the formation of the Folger Consort and Hesperus, establishing the
Martha's Vineyard Music Festival, and creating Millennium, Inc., a multi-disciplined
chamber music production company. An active producer, he has produced
a number of recordings for the Smithsonian label and a compact disc for
Bridge Records; he also created and produced themes and sound effects
for the PBS series "Music," co-produced a film segment for Polytel, created
a ten-hour documentary series on the history of Western art music, the
pilot of which won first prize in the Documentary Performance category
at the Houston Film Festival in 1986. He created and staffed the Potomac
Chamber Orchestra for recording soundtrack for American musicals, and
for four years engaged the orchestra for the Washington Opera's Terrace
Theater series at the Kennedy Center. He was house producer for Animation
House, a now defunct commercial animation company, producing many spots
for local and national television. As a writer-producer he has worked
with a number of production companies including Ward and Associates, and
has written a few unproduced feature film and television scripts. Most
recently he co-wrote and produced a children's musical entitled The Red
Shoes and is the professional representative for the Bob Brown Puppet
Company. He made chamber music appearances with the Barnes & Hampton duo
during their annual Celtic Christmas programs (Dumbarton Chamber Concerts).
He was one of the founders of the NSO outreach program "NSO in Your Neighborhood,"
developing and producing chamber concerts with NSO musicians throughout
the Washington metropolitan region from 1992 through 1994. He is president
of Potomac Productions.